The Green Party is currently having an internal debate on how to approach the 2004 elections. “Most Greens are debating who to run and how to run, not whether to run,” says National Green Party co-chair Ben Manski of Madison, Wisconsin. Many Greens are advocating a presidential campaign strategy that avoids battleground states, and concentrates on running in states where the election won’t be close. And some are suggesting that the party not completely rule out endorsing a non-Green candidate, i.e., a Democrat, as Election Day approaches.
Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.